So I am out and about doing a little pre-Xmas shopping in the San Gabriel Superstore (corner of San Gabriel and Valley) and lo and behold I run into this little gem of a shop.
For those looking for portable (i.e., takeout) dim sum, YUM CHA CAFE is a solid, if not great, option.
It's located in one of the many stalls inside the San Gabriel Superstore.
They offer pretty good steamed bbq char siu boa, cheong fun, all sorts of braised chicken and duck parts (e.g. chicken feet, duck beaks, etc.)
I tried the char siu boa, which were very good, the bbq sauce was sweet and tangy but not cloyingly rich as to drown out the pork bits.
The cheong fun was very fresh, soft and tender, without being too chewy. The shrimp filling was also tasty, but I preferred the plain ones.
But the best treat of all was the BROWN SUGAR rice cakes. I'm sucker for the ordinary (white) sugar rice cakes that bakeries and dim sum places will have. To me, rice cakes are the perfect combo of textures and taste: soft, chewy, a bit sticky and just sweet enough to make it seem like you're not just eating poorly cooked rice balls.
But these at YUM CHA CAFE, these were made with brown sugar which added a whole new dimension to their subtle sweetness. I could probably eat a whole sheet of these and still not be satiated.
Check it out for yourself ... Cheers.
YUM CHA CAFE
1635 SOUTH SAN GABRIEL BLVD
(sorry - couldn't get a telephone number)